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A California and National Model Middle School to Watch

A California Gold Ribbon School

Hello SLVMS Families!

We are still collecting used shoes for the Panther Club Shoe Drive.  Bring your shoes to the office and help the school.  Clean closet and financial benefit to the school?  A no brainer….

Avoid the 3rd quarter slump...what is that?  That is when students fall apart 3rd quarter and lose all the good habits they have developed so far.  It is especially common with kids that have done well.  They start to slack off, and parents start to relax about checking assignments and planners, because all has been well so far.  Kids...keep up your work, don’t get tired.  Parents...continue to watch and guide.   

Have a good weekend!

Shannon Calden

Dates to remember:

February 12th:  No School-- President’s Holiday

February 19th:  No School-- President’s Holiday

March 12th:  No School--  Professional Development Day for Teachers

March 16th:  School Dance-- 5-7 PM

March 19th:  8th grade Panoramic Picture

March 30th:  Minimum Day-- End of Quarter 3

April 2nd-6th:  Spring Break!

May 1st:  SLVHS Open House

May 17th:  SLVMS Open House

May 23rd:  MS Drama Class Musical showcase

May 28th:  Memorial Day-- no school

May 30th:  District-wide Band Fest

June 13th:  8th grade Advancement-- 11 AM-- SLVHS Football Field

June 13th:  School dismissed for all at 12:15

June 14th:  Last day of school-- school dismissed at 12:15

Schedule for February 12- 16:


Feb 12

No school-- President’s Holiday


Feb 13


6th grade girls VBall tourney B40


Feb 14


6th grade girls VBall tourney B40


Feb 15



Feb 16


Visit the SLVMS website at

Or the District Facebook Page

Visit the Community Links webpage for information on non-school sponsored activities that may be of interest to your family at

This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district.  As we begin to have our drama performances and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVHS has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings.

Daily Announcements

You can read the daily announcements that are read and emailed to the kids at this link if you are interested:

Daily Checklist

Before you walk out the door to go to school, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I eat breakfast?

  • Did I bathe, brush my teeth, and put on deodorant?

  • Do I have my backpack?

  • Do I have my homework in my backpack?

  • Do I have my charged chromebook/device in my backpack (you need it everyday!)

  • Do I have my lunch or money to buy lunch?

  • Do I have my PE clothes?

  • Do I have what I need for after school activities?

  • Did I give my grown up a hug and say thanks for taking care of me?

If you answer yes to everything, then you are ready for school.  If not, take care of it quickly!  You don’t want to be late!  Have a great day!

Positive Referrals!

Look who has been recognized as being a positive member of our school community!

Nikola Zaremba

Jordan Dickel

Kassandra Johnson

Dylan Lyons

Avah Mullahey

Is your student into fashiopn and design?  Check this out!

fashionTEENS – Local Fashion Design and Creation Competition

fashionTEENS will once again take place at the Civic Auditorium on April 20, 2018. This year, we are partnering with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to help support the program. Last year we gave away over $1000 in cash prizes to students. The 120 participating students came from 16 Middle and High Schools in Santa Cruz County.

Fashion Teen Website:

Fashion Teen Application: Fashion Teen Application

Parents and Teachers as Allies:

NAMI Presentation on Adolescent Mental Health

Thursday, Feb 15, 7:00 pm in SLVHS MPR

The Cougar Club is sponsoring a presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Health "Parents and Teachers as Allies," Thursday, Feb 15 at 7:00 pm in the SLVHS Multipurpose Room. This 1-hour presentation focuses on helping families and teachers better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in adolescents and how best to intervene. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families."

For more information on the program, see:

All are welcome. FREE, no registration necessary.

Parents!...This is worth checking out...

This link is to a page on Common Sense Media that addresses frequently asked questions regarding parent concerns with all aspects of our kids being online. Social media, screen time, cyberbullying, internet safety, cells phones, etc. Some of the articles skew younger than high school ,but many of the links to articles are about high school age students or have an option to choose which age group you are asking about.  This page links to literally hundreds of articles about many different topics in the area of parenting teens in the digital age.  Definitely worth a look.

Information from the Panther Club

BRING US YOUR SHOES!  That’s right...your shoes!  Bring your gently used shoes to the SLVMS office.  The shoes will be then turned over to a company who will give us cash per pound and shoes, and then distribute those shoes to third world nations.  Easy...clean closet, help others, make money for school.  It’s a win win!


Follow the Panther Club’s Facebook page to stay up to date on all things SLVMS!

Flu information

Please click on the links to see Flu guides (in Spanish and English) from our District Nurse, Sarah Dahlen.  Questions?  You can contact her at or 335-4452.

English Flu Guide

Spanish Flu Guide

Do you know how to write grants?

Parents: Do any of you have experience in grant-writing? Are you interested in investigating grants for SLVUSD and helping to write them to add to our educational programs? If so, please contact Debi Bodenheimer, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services.

Board Meeting Summaries

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month.  We will be providing a “Board Briefing” after every meeting so families can be better apprised of what is happening in the district.  Click the link below to read the most recent.

Board Briefing 2.7.18

Did you forget to order a yearbook?

It’s not too on this link…

Read here to learn about California's new accountability system:

The California School Dashboard ( is an online tool designed to help communities across the state access information about K–12 schools and districts. The Dashboard features reports on multiple measures of school success. Instead of looking at a single measure (test scores), the Dashboard looks at multiple measures to evaluate a district's and a school's performance. The Dashboard also is based on an improvement model, looking for districts and schools to make improvements, rather than simply comparing them to other districts and schools. See the attached handout that explains the components of the dashboard. You can access SLV district information and information about all schools in the district.

No wheels on campus!

Hey should not be riding any wheels on campus before, during or after school...skateboards, scooters, bikes, roller skates, whatever.  If you are seen, your wheels will be confiscated and you will get a campus beautification.  Thanks for being safe at school.  



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SLV Foundation for Education is Raising Money for our Schools

San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We provide an easy way to support a broad or specific tax deductible donation to the SLV schools and clubs, including Charter and Homeschool groups. One can donate directly to any of the groups listed below, without needing to buy or sell products. For more information or to donate, please visit


*High School Cougar Club  *Drama Boosters  *Music Boosters *Art Boosters

*High School Stadium Lights  *Patron of the Arts *Middle School Panther Club  *BCE parent club  *SLVE Bobcat Club *SLV Charter School Booster Club    *The Nature Academy


MASH Schedule

If your child is having a hard time, consider sending to MASH for extra help.  You can find the teachers and subjects that are available by clicking here.  Students are welcome to drop in, or we are happy to assign them to come after school if they need that extra motivation.  Contact Mary or Shannon for more information.

Be sure to bring a device to school every day!

Please remember that students need to have a chromebook or other laptop device every day.  If you cannot buy one, students can go the library and check one out on a daily basis, or for the school year.   Students who do not have a device when it is needed in class will get a consequence for not having their school supplies.  Please help them to remember to put it in their backpack in the morning.


When kids don’t come to school, they miss instruction, they get behind, and their grades drop.  Please make sure your students in school, on time everyday.  That vacation to Disneyland can wait until one of our many breaks.  Thanks for your support.